Family Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

Least Concern

Parrot-billed Sparrow (Passer gongonensis)


Taxonomy

French: Moineau perroquet German: Papageischnabelsperling Spanish: Gorrión picogordo
Taxonomy:

Pseudostruthus gongonensis

Oustalet

, 1890,

Gongoni, near Mombasa, Kenya

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Part of the “P. griseus group”; see remarks under that species. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Extreme SE South Sudan, S Ethiopia, S Somalia, extreme E Uganda, most of Kenya, and extreme NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 33·5–48 g. The largest of the African grey-headed sparrows; ­distinctive heavy arched bill gives "Roman-nosed" appearance. Head, neck and... read more

Voice

Call "choop", can be combined in a series of similar notes to produce a song, "choop chyop choop... read more

Habitat

Open country and bush, extending into light woodland; in more arid country than that in which other... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly a seed-eater; recorded as taking bread and other scraps from the ground at lodges and picnic sites. Nestling diet not recorded,... read more

Breeding

Throughout year in different parts of range, breeding coinciding with rains, but also in dry season where irrigated cultivation. Nest an... read more

Movements

No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in most of range; uncommon in Sudan. Numbers apparently stable.

Recommended citation

Summers-Smith, D. (2019). Parrot-billed Sparrow (Passer gongonensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60942 on 18 June 2019).